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Lots of shops
We went to Granville Island as that was where we got our Whale Watching boat from. We had a wonder round before we left and found a lot of shops that sold boat and sailing equipment etc and lots of art. There is a big public market that sells all sorts of fruit and veg etc. There is a small train and model ship musuem that is woth a look if you are into that kind of thing. There are also a few cafe/bars worth trying too.
A nice place to spend a few hours just relaxing the day away.
Granville Island - a place for seafood
Granville Island is located under the Granville Street bridge. The Granville Island Public Market is the most fascinating part of Granville Island. The market houses many fresh seafood stalls, deli meats, breads, as well as arts and crafts. It is also a good place to have a cup of tea while admiring views of downtown Vancouver across False Creek.
Shopping like a Tourist
Granville Island is a mecca of resturants, ice cream stands, unique over priced shops, and a fish, chocolate, cheese, and vegetable market. It is similar to Pike's Seattle market but on a less grand scale. It is over priced but is fun to look around and eat some ice cream.
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This is a public market with Artist studio's .The artisans are at work in their studios . So cool!!!!!!! .Art work is high quality . I couldn't get enough . I wish it went on and on . I suggest getting a light breakfast at the market (coffee and muffin etc) and walk around afterwards . There was music and entertainment when we were there .The Greyhound tour bus takes you there .We initially went there on the tour bus and went back the next morning . Took a Small ferry (aquabus ) from downtown the next day . A nice added touch !!!!
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Beer, Food and Yachts
Granville island was perhaps one of my favorite locations in Vancouver. There are some nice restauraunts right on the water front, where you can enjoy the weather and watch the many boats pass by. There is also a very impressive brewery, for beer lovers like myself where you can sample beer with names like killer whale ale, and granville cream. On every corner, there is someone playing an instrument or entertaining and the farmer's market has a huge selection of local produce, meat, and seafood. for those who want to actually get in the water, a few businesses rent out speed boats for fairly reasonable prices or you can sign up for one of the many tours that leave daily from the island.
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The scoop on Granville Island
Why have I posted the one photo from Granville Island you'll never see? The island was originally industrial land, and although it was built up as a tourist trap it has retained some semblance of life to it. People still work, study and live here. And you don't get a lot of souvenir stands selling maple syrup and other Canadiana kitsch like what you'll find in Gastown. But you can buy food. In fact, some of the stuff they have in the market is very hard to find - exotic fruits and spices only a gourmand would recognize. Because of the mix of tourists and locals, it has a unique vibe. Not as much as it could have I suppose, but it's there, and that makes it a pretty good place to wander around. Let's put it this way - I'm a travel snob who hates touristy places, and I like blowing off a few hours on Granville Island. Take a ferry over from downtown, wander along the edge of False Creek a while, and grab some things at the market for a picnic.
Great local veggies, fruit, ethnic foods and art
This is one of my absolute favorite palces in Vanocuver!
On the Island itself there is a food market, numerous artisan studios, a brewery, a kids centre... I could go on...
I love it because it's such a mix of tourists and locals, there is always a great vibe and you there is always something to look at. Plus.. you never leave hungry..
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Grandville Island for Lunch...
We visited the island and shopped at the many artists' cooperatives and jewelry stores. Our highlight came at lunchtime, though, when we wandered into the market. There we found the food courts, maintained by local restaurants and caterers. It is an eclectic choice--organic salads, exotic baked goods, pot pies, cheeses, desserts. Prices are quite reasonable and the quality is excellent. Table seating is a little hard to come by right at noon, but you can always head outside for additional seatig.
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Granville Island Market
I love taking the ferry over to the Granville Island Market; lots of shopping (local artists), fresh flowers, seafood, and loads of fresh fruit & veggies. You can also stop for a bite at Bridges Restautarnt.
Granville Island, worth the $$
On a whim, we decided to stay at the Granville Island Hotel. We thought it may be a little out of our pricerange, but wound up being only $20 more. This hotel was beautiful with amazing views off the balcony and it's very own brewery, it was worth every penny.
The local chain restaurant, Jack Peppers had beautiful waitresses (good for guys), but lacked any good food.
The best part of Granville Island was the Granville Market. It was the best array of produce and meat that I have seen in a long time. A great place to grab a coffee and some fruit before going out on a long day.
Buying a fresh lobster and eating it!
Well, granville island is just a great place to visit. Lots of activity going on, great view, great food, and of course, there is a store that sells fresh lobsters that you can pick and they cook for you. But remember to get them to crack it for you! My friend and I brought the lobster back to our hotel room for dinner, and realized that we had nothing to eat it with except for a pair of disposable chopsticks!
On Friday, May 30 Hans and I took the Aqua Bus to GRANVILLE ISLAND. Nestled under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, Granville Island is a mixture of maritime and industrial history, shopping, live theatre, restaurants, parks and a hotel, all on the shores of False Creek.
we spent a really nice adternoon at granville island with vt member rmdw who took us around places in vancouver :-)
there is a big market there where u can buy all kind of stuff (or 2 lb of berries if u r me)
GRANVILLE ISLAND ~ FALSE CREEK
This scenic waterfront community is home to Vancouver’s largest public market.
False Creek which, as its name suggests, is not a creek at all (it’s an inlet) is home to Granville Island, which is not an island at all (it’s a peninsula). Got that?
One thing that is true of the largest attraction in the False Creek area is that Granville Island is one of the most successful former-industrial-park revitalizations in North America.
The community of False Creek—the waterfront area west from Cambie Street to Granville Street—is best seen from a seaside pathway that will take you right to Granville Island; here you’ll find such a dazzling array of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, wine, arts and crafts and entertainment.
You can’t miss it: Railspur Alley, a relatively less-travelled road on the Island, offers visitors a concentrated dose of textile, glass and jewellery shops designed to allow window shoppers to view the artisans working inside.
Don’t miss it: False Creek’s Sea Village, a community of floating houses, is best viewed from the window of the Aquabus ferry route from Granville Island to nearby Stamps’ Landing.
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~GRANVILLE ISLAND MARKET~
Granville Island Public Market The market is the home to some 200 plus businesses. The businesses range from artist studios, restaurants, clothing shops etc.
The market was built in the 1970s and was named after Lord Granville. The public market houses multiple restaurants, theatres, galleries and studios.
If you enjoy fresh produce and seafood this is your shopping spot.
Business Hours 9am - 5pm daily
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